I gave myself the crazy challenge to bake, film and share, one Christmas bake a day, until Christmas. Christmas is the time of the year where you need comfort food, luscious spiced cakes and warm desserts that feed your festive spirit.
Just like everything I do, each and every recipes will be simplified versions, French influenced and mostly, stylish and flavoursome. Think Bûche de Noël, Christmas wreath, anything gingerbread, but also some gluten free alternative, and vegan savoury treats. Get ready, Set, Christmas Bake!
1# Christmas Tree filled baked Apples
Leftover apples and not sure what to do with them? Then this easy and quick recipe is for you. You don’t have to even peel the apples, and I love baked apples as a weekly dessert. Making the shortcrust pastry takes no time, but if you have one already in your fridge, then go for it, no one will judge you once they have a bite of your warm cinnamony filled apples.
Quantity: For 6
Utensils: A sharp knife, a baking tin
For the pastry
- 150g of plain flour ( or Oat flour for gluten free version)
- 75g of salted butter
- 2 tbsp of caster sugar
- 1/2 egg
- 2 tbsp of cold water
A dozen of small apples
200g of apple purée
1* Make the Pastry: (see how in video Here) In a bowl, pour the flour, sugar, butter and use your hands to crumble the cold butter within the flour and sugar. Add half of the beaten egg and the water. Mix using your hands for 10 seconds, and transfer onto a clean surface. Use your hands to form a ball ( Add 1 tsp of extra water if needed). Keep in the freezer for 10min.
2* Prepare the apples: Wash the apples, cut the top at 1/5 using a sharp knife. Empty the peeps and make a little bowl with the apples. Place the apples in the tin to form a Christmas tree shape, and fill them with apple purée. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
3* Finish the Christmas tree: Take the pastry out of the freezer, flour your worktop and use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a thin 20m circle. Use a knife to cut 4 long strings (20cm for 1cm width) as the tree edges, and use a round cutter to make the small baubles – or any shapes you have.
4* Decorate the tree: Place the pastry on top of the apples and create the tree. Use some water to bind the pastry together. Brush with egg wash ( just use the leftover beaten egg) with the use of a pastry brush.
5* Bake the apple Christmas tree: Bake for 1h at 180C fan oven until golden and soft.